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How Safe Is the Surf?

October 05, 2002

*--* How Safe Is the Surf? Local water quality reports as of midweek: Overall Gradings L.A Orange Ventura County County County Total number of beaches graded 82 106 56 Percentage receiving A grades 77% 77% 79%

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*--* Water quality at selected beaches: Ventura County Beaches Rincon Beach--50 feet south of creek mouth F Promenade Park--projection of California Street A+ Oxnard State Beach--projection of Starfish Drive A+ Channel Islands Harbor Beach Park--Kiddie Beach B County Line Beach--25 yards south of creek A+ Los Angeles County Beaches Westward Beach A+ Surfrider Beach at breach location A+ Topanga State Beach A+ Will Rogers State Beach at Temescal Canyon C Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon A Santa Monica--50 yards south of Municipal Pier A+ Ocean Park Beach at Ashland Avenue C Venice Beach--projection of Windward A+ Venice Beach--projection of Topsail Street F Dockweiler State Beach--projection of Culver Boulevard A Dockweiler State Beach at Imperial Highway A Manhattan Beach Pier A+ Hermosa Beach Pier A+ Redondo Municipal Pier A Cabrillo Beach, harbor side of lifeguard tower D Avalon Beach, south of pier A Long Beach City Beach--projection of 3rd Place F Belmont Pier--west side A Long Beach City Beach--projection of 55th Place A Los Cerritos Channel at Mother's Beach A+ Orange County Beaches Seal Beach--projection of 1st Street A+ Huntington Beach Pier--800 yards south A Huntington Beach--projection of Magnolia Street F Balboa Beach--the Wedge A+ Corona del Mar Beach A+ Laguna Beach at Main Beach A+ South Laguna at middle of Aliso Creek A Dana Point at Monarch Beach A+ Doheny Beach, south of San Juan Creek F San Clemente at lifeguard building B San Onofre State Beach--San Mateo Creek outlet A+ Notes: Grades indicate the risk of getting sick from swimming. Ratings are based on several water samples taken in recent weeks. Avoid swimming within 100 yards of flowing storm drains. Source: Heal the Bay. More information: www.healthebay.org

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